Monday, 19 December 2011

Bird in a Cage

Thaumatropes are optical illusions, a disk or card with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to combine into a single image due to persistence of vision.

Most Thaumatropes have a poem or a rhyme on the side of the card and will bestow a victorian tale. In a way these are narrative withi poetry and visually tells a story. A typical example is a bird that becomes enclosed in a cage. I made my own version which you can see here and also made a gif in the previous post.

In order for this to work, which i found out the long way is that both images on either side have to oppose each other. Otherwise if you twirl the string the bird looks like it's in a upside down cage which doesn't really work. 

With this it isn't really animation but i guess it does look at the fundamentals of how motion image came about. Thaumatropes are nice victorian items as story telling to children whilst using one of these would deliver a better imagination to a narrative.

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